Modi wishes Wickremesinghe, hopes for better relations with Lanka

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2015 23:42 IST
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at an election rally in July, 2015. (AFP File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called up Ranil Wickremesinghe to congratulate him on his party's victory in Sri Lankan parliamentary polls. Modi expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries will get better under his leadership.

"Spoke to Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe & congratulated him on his alliance's wonderful performance in the elections," Modi tweeted.

"I am confident that under Mr Wickremesinghe's leadership, bilateral ties between India & Sri Lanka will get stronger," he added.

The Prime Minister also congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful conduct of polls.

Incumbent Wickremesinghe, 66, was set for another term as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister after the victory achieved by his United National Party (UNP) on Tuesday.

His rival and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's hopes of staging a political comeback were shattered and he conceded defeat in the parliamentary polls.

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